Early Weaning of Lambs

23 July, 2018

The following article has been contributed by Laura Kemmis of Productive Livestock Systems (laura@productivelivestock.com.au) Due to the ongoing dry conditions and the resulting lack of pasture growth, early weaning should be considered as a way to reduce overall feed demand. … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Wheat (July 2018)

23 July, 2018

The following graph shows the movement in Chicago (CBOT) December 2018 Wheat Futures price and the 2018/19 APW Multigrade price delivered Port Kembla. New crop wheat prices have steadily increased since January 2018, driven by the late break and demand … Continue reading


Grain Market Update – Canola (July 2018)

23 July, 2018

The following graph shows the movement in ICE November 2018 Canola Futures and the domestic canola price delivered Port Kembla. The new crop canola price delivered port has increased steadily since January 2018. For the majority of the period the … Continue reading


Wool Market Update (July 2018)

23 July, 2018

The following graph shows the AWEX Eastern Market indicator (EMI) in cents per kilogram clean, from August 2009 to date. Decreased wool availability plus strong demand from buyers has continued to push up wool prices beyond record levels. As shown … Continue reading


Interest Rate Update (July 2018)

23 July, 2018

The following graph shows movements in both the 6 month and 3 year Bank Bill yield rates, for the period January 2006 to June 2018. These rates are wholesale rates which are net of any margin charged by financial institutions. … Continue reading


Supplementary Feeding of Livestock on Pastures

20 April, 2018

Dry autumns are common in southern NSW and are not necessarily linked to dry conditions during winter and spring. However, when the season does not break until late April / early May, there is little time for pasture growth to … Continue reading


Soil Acidity

20 April, 2018

Lime application rates and incorporation techniques may require reviewing in light of recent survey work by NSW DPI.  Many of the points below are not new, but it is important to revisit such topics, as they can be forgotten. Nearly … Continue reading


Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN)

20 April, 2018

Rural Management Strategies has been facilitating the Southern NSW Regional Cropping Solutions Network (RCSN) for GRDC since July 2017.  An initiative of GRDC, the RCSN draws on a group of twelve growers, advisors and researchers from across southern NSW, to … Continue reading


Crop Margins (Firebreaks)

20 April, 2018

Managing crop margins is an ongoing source of frustration for many growers. These areas are prone to erosion, are a source of weeds and are often where herbicide resistance develops. Historically these areas were simply managed with one or two … Continue reading


Feathertop Rhodes Grass (FTR)

20 April, 2018

Feathertop Rhodes (FTR) grass is a weed causing significant challenges for growers in northern cropping regions.  FTR is a summer growing grass weed that germinates and establishes quickly on small amounts of moisture.  It is difficult to control with conventional … Continue reading